Bates sends three to NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's swimming and diving team is set to send a contingent of three athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships, which take place over four days, March 18-21, at the University of Minnesota, with Macalester College as the host institution.
Senior diver Kelsey Lamdin (Brunswick, Maine) will make her fourth trip in as many years to NCAAs. The six-time All-American, who is coming off NESCAC titles in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving, will try to add two final All-America awards to her trophy case, as she competes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. The top 16 competitors in each event earn All-America status.
Junior swimmer Katelyn Drake (Hudson, Ohio) is competing at NCAAs for the second straight year. Last year Drake competed in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, earning All-America honors in the latter event. This year she will compete in both of those events, as well as a third, the 200-yard individual medley.
Sophomore Charlotte Green (New Canaan, Conn.), meanwhile, makes her first trip to NCAAs at the end of a breakout season which included winning National Swimmer of the Week honors from collegeswimming.com earlier this season. Green will also compete in three events at nationals: the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle. Green is the 10th seed in the 100.
"(Bates diving coach Mike) Bartley and I are extremely excited and confident that our women will have fun and perform great this week," said Bates head coach Peter Casares. "These last two weeks of training have been tremendous for all three of them."
It's the first time that Bates is sending three swimming and diving athletes to NCAAs since 2004, when Erik Baker '06, Kara Seaton '05 and Vanessa Williamson '05 made the trip.
Go to the official meet website, including live results and live webcasts by clicking here.
In addition, Coach Casares will be filming and posting videos during the meet -- keep up with the Bobcats on his blog, The Bobcat Chronicle.